Archive for the 'Flyover' Category

Rebooting Wellington’s transport

by Ian Apperley
Mayoral candidates are promising everything from second tunnels to a billion dollars in new roads, flyovers, more cycle lanes, cheaper public transport and an end to congestion. All well and good, but not achievable and old thinking. Read more »

Who will prevail in the mayoral race? Part four: summing up the field

Our run through the mayoral field has revealed some real contenders, some wannabes and some rank outsiders. For this week’s edition we thought a bit of summing up would be in order, so readers can start putting pen to paper and ranking candidates as soon as those ballots arrive. Let’s get to the thumbnail sketches of everyone vying for the mayoral chains. Read more »

Transport Agency researching transport growth between Otaki and Levin

News from NZTA
Recent growth projections and transport trends for the Horowhenua region have prompted the NZ Transport Agency to undertake more investigations into the Otaki to north of Levin project and its planned transport improvements, before consulting with the community in early 2017. Read more »

Bill English and his Basin Reserve confusion

by Tim Jones
It’s a tough life being Minister of Transport Simon Bridges. He had ambitious plans to promote electric cars that were shot down by his senior Cabinet colleagues, leading to a lengthy hiatus. Now one of those senior Ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, has launched an extraordinary attack on the consultative decision-making process that was set up with the support of Minister Bridges in the wake of the Transport Agency’s failed Basin Reserve flyover plans. Read more »

CofC agrees Wellington isn’t progressive about transport solutions

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Finance Minister Bill English is on the money when he criticises Wellington’s lack of a progressive attitude towards transport solutions, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Fresh start to planning roads and transport – six weeks of initial “conversations”

A new $3million initiative was launched last night to take a fresh look at planning Wellington’s roads and transport systems. The partners in the plan – which was developed after the double defeat of the flyover proposed for the Basin Reserve – are the City Council, the Regional Council and the Transport Agency. Community involvement is at the centre of the programme. A flyover is “off the table” and will not be part of the process, says the Aucklander who is directing what is being called “Let’s get Wellington moving.” Read more »

Second time around

by Lindsay Shelton
After seven years when the Transport Agency, supported by the Regional Council, was notorious for ignoring Wellingtonians as it kept planning the Basin flyover, there’s now a new attitude. Both organisations are saying they want to be listeners instead of dictators. Read more »

Fran Wilde taking over from Patsy Reddy on board of Transport Agency

Former regional council chair Fran Wilde, a strong supporter of the defeated Basin Reserve flyover, has been appointed to the Board of the NZ Transport Agency, the entity which spent eight years planning the flyover before it was rejected first by the Board of Inquiry and then by the High Court. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – not a problem?

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s inexplicable that the Transport Agency and its Wellington governance group haven’t been in contact with road designer Richard Reid since December. Reid’s plan to solve traffic issues at the Basin Reserve was given credibility by the flyover board of inquiry. It should be part of the process to fix things around the Basin. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – launch of new strategy

by Tim Jones
Nothing much has happened on the Basin Reserve traffic planning front since Christmas – but that’s about to change. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – the next act

by Tim Jones
It’s been a quiet first few months of 2016, at least in the public eye, as far as post-Basin Reserve flyover transport planning for central Wellington goes. But a burst of articles, presentations and comments signal that this intermission is almost at an end. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – not a problem

by Lindsay Shelton
It was surprising to read this week that Andy Foster believes there is no solution in sight to congestion problems at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Strange days (5) – the hope of flying further

by Lindsay Shelton
The campaigns for and against extending the Wellington Airport runway continued vigorously last year. But strangely the airport company chose not to respond to any of the articles that we published against what it wants to do. Read more »

Strange days (2) – lecturing the NZTA

by Lindsay Shelton
One of my strangest experiences last year was being invited to hear a visiting British professor telling the Transport Agency how they had mis-handled their seven-year campaign to build a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Planning the city for people, not cars

by Michael Barnett
Sometimes we have to slow down in order to go faster, said the transport authorities in the DomPost last Friday. FIT Wellington believe they have got it wrong. Read more »

Knowing better than the locals

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington Airport campaign to promote a longer runway is similar to the Transport Agency’s campaign about building a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Both commissioned large numbers of experts to support what they wanted to do. Both failed to connect with the communities who would be most affected. Read more »

22 months to stop a motorway

takapu valley

It’s been 22 stressful months for the residents of Takapu Valley, since they discovered that the Transport Agency was planning to bulldoze a four lane motorway through their farms. Read more »

Failing to learn the flyover lessons

flyover different

The Transport Agency has commissioned a report to tell it what went wrong with its failed application to build a 300-metre concrete flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. The “Lessons Learned” report tells the Agency some truths that it should have known. But it doesn’t tell the whole truth. Read more »

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